Wildlife News

Pheasants released in three counties

Nearly 2,000 pheasants — paid for by Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife (SFW) — were released in Sevier, Wayne and Millard counties. Division of Wildlife Resources biologists and SFW members released the birds on state-owned wildlife management areas that are open to public hunters.

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Checkpoints for boaters and anglers

The Division of Wildlife Resources will conduct administrative checkpoints for boaters and anglers across Utah this spring, summer and fall. At these checkpoints, officers will inspect watercraft and monitor compliance with the state's fishing regulations.

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DWR sergeant earns Medal of Valor

Division of Wildlife Resources Sergeant Mitch Lane responded to a lightning strike during the 2012 Utah dove hunt, saving the lives of two hunters. For his actions, Lane has received a Medal of Valor from the Utah Peace Officers Association (UPOA).

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Wild turkeys relocated from So. Dakota

The Division of Wildlife Resources relocated more than 100 Merriam's turkeys from South Dakota to eastern Utah on Jan. 17. The project is part of DWR efforts to increase Utah's turkey population.

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Open house for Red Fleet fishery

If you like to fish at Red Fleet Reservoir, plan on attending an open house on Jan. 16. Biologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources are holding the open house to discuss the future of the reservoir's fishery.

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DWR's deer and cold weather concerns

Officials with the Division of Wildlife Resources are concerned about cold temperatures and how those temperatures might affect deer if the weather doesn't warm up soon.

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Tips for staying safe in cougar country

If you live in an area that has mule deer in or near it, cougars may be in the area too. John Shivik, mammals coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says deer are the main animal cougars prey on, especially in the winter.

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Free archery event in Castle Dale

On Tuesday, January 22, the Division of Wildlife Resources in partnership with the Buckhorn Archery Club will sponsor a free archery shoot in the Emery County Recreation Center.

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Don't feed the deer

Even though it's part of nature, watching deer struggle through deep snow — trying to find something to eat — can be tough to watch. As snow starts to fall in Utah, however, Division of Wildlife Resources biologists are issuing a plea: Don't feed the deer.

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Catch a burbot, win a prize

Two state wildlife agencies, five chambers of commerce and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) have teamed up to fight a finned invader in Flaming Gorge Reservoir. Their goal is to put some severe fishing pressure on burbot, an illegally introduced species that is negatively affecting other sport fish in the reservoir.

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